I was uber-excited to recently receive a complimentary Graco FastAction™ Fold Jogger Click Connect™ Stroller, and provided me with the opportunity to meet up with other moms to discuss and learn more about this new and fabulous jogging stroller.
First, I must point out that, prior to getting the Graco FastAction™ Fold Jogger Click Connect™ Stroller, I was using a 4 year old travel system stroller. We’d used that beloved stroller for four solid years, and although it was still in great shape, time was starting to take its toll on it.
SO, when the new one arrived, hubs promptly set out to assemble it. (I would’ve taken pictures, but I was busy corralling and entertaining the kiddos, while he worked on it in the driveway. And trust me, I wasn’t about to ask him to *also* take pictures as well.) In any case, he came back in within a relatively short time, proudly boasting of its complete assemble. There were no additional tools required, parts just snapped or slid in place. Or so he told me. 😉
Y’all, I was immediately impressed. I have two main criteria for a stroller: cup holders (yes, plural!), and plenty of storage space. This stroller had both. And then some! Not only did it fit my bulky diaper bag, but left me with space to throw on an extra bag or two — handy for when I zip in to a store for a quick run. And cup holders? Yeah, the kid gets two, and the adults get two. The child’s snack tray can be completely removed for easy cleaning. Simply put: I’m sold.
But it doesn’t stop there: The icing on the cake was the deluxe parent’s tray with a 2-way smartphone holder, and a deep well of covered storage underneath it.
And does this stroller fold fast! With the pull of a handle, it folds up from the seam of the seat, and presto! It’s called a “fast action fold” for a reason. It’s automatically locked in place, kickstand holding it upright, for easy maneuverability. And I’ve even seen quite a few folks fold it up with a child in their arms. I will caution, however, that the kickstand doesn’t always seem to stay put, and can interfere with the folding up process. So, make sure you have it pushed out of the way when folding. Also, during our discussion, we made the unscientific discovery that it folds best when you’re standing on the side opposite of the locking handle.
Which leads me to a clever way to keep track of older children: have them hold the locking mechanism when you’re out and about. It serves as a good visual for them, it keeps them out of the way while you’re steering, but close enough to keep them in your sight and protection. I call it the “second kid handle”.
The functionality of this jogging stroller is visible all over. The lockable front swivel wheel offers an easy transition from strolling to jogging. While parents hit the streets for a jog, baby can stay comfortable with a padded, multi-position reclining seat, convertible 3 or 5-point harness and large air-filled rubber tires for a smooth ride on any surface, as well as even reflectors for low-light visibility for evening or early morning use.
And, as with all baby products, it’s important for them to work with your existing products, or other products with that line. Graco’s Click Connect technology allows for a one-step secure infant car seat to stroller connection — this stroller accepts all Graco Click Connect™ Infant Car Seats through a secure one-step attachment. Just look for a car seat with the “Click Connect™” label on it, and you’re good to go. CAUTION: do NOT use the stroller as a jogger when you’ve got a car seat attached to it. It’s not designed to keep the baby safe that way.
All in all, I am very pleased with my new stroller. While it does tend to take up space in my van, it’s not a big deal for me because we keep the backseat down, and because I use it everywhere! In fact, the day after it arrived, I had to take my 4-year-old daughter to the doctor, which meant my son got to tag along. My daughter was too pooped to even walk, so I scooped her up and carried her in one arm, and maneuvered my son in the stroller with one hand. That front wheel made it super-easy to turn and steer — truly, it was a god send to have a new stroller on that particular day! Not only do I really enjoy this stroller, but my husband does as well. That it doesn’t really take up any more space than our previous stroller made it an easily welcomed addition to our baby gear.
Graco’s NEW FastAction™ Fold Jogger Click Connect™ Stroller is the ultimate crossover stroller, combining all the comfort and convenience features of a traditional stroller (FastAction Fold and Click Connect Technology) with performance and maneuverability of an all-terrain jogger. As an added bonus, Graco’s innovative one-second, one-hand FastAction™ fold automatically locks & is self-standing. This post is sponsored by the Graco.Keep on saving! :o)
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